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Know Your Daily Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Protest on the Steps of the State Building – NoJusticeZone – Day 140

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Deets here.

Day 138:

Day 128 or so:

Word on the Street: LONDON BREED, Democrat for Supervisor – LONDON BREED, Your Next Supervisor

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

As seen on Fillmore:

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Compared with Interim Supervisor Christina Olague, London Breed is more conservative (or less Progressive, if you prefer), less obsequious and more intelligent.

Choose or lose, D5.

Well, Recuuuuuuuuuuuse Me! “Run Ed Run” + Rose Pak = Trouble for “Interim DA” George Gascon

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Oh man, candidates Sharmin Bock, David Onek and Bill Fazio  are all over “Interim* District Attorney” George Gascon these days.

Now, you kids are too young to remember the Excuse Me meme from Steve Martin, ’cause it’s from a time waaaaay before lolcats and It’s a trap!

But it went a little something like this.

Here’s Steve Martin:

And here’s District Attorney George Gascon:

Put them together and you’ve got Steve Gascon, or George Martin.

Like this:

Say it, say it!

Well, recuuuuuuuse me!

Now, George didn’t exactly say that, he said something like, oh yeah, we sent this deal over to the CA AG’s office for perusal like on Monday.

But there’s a problem already, some think:

#SFDA Problem w/ @GasconforDA reaching out to AG on Run Ed Run invest – she endorsed him & dated Willie Brown

Oh well.

Helloooooooo, Feds?

Where you at now?

*Oh man, “interim?” That’s the first I heard of this – that’s harsh.

Unwelcome Machine Gun: California Won’t Let Retired San Diego Cop Keep His Assault Weapon

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I don’t know, sometimes when a police dog gets old, they’ll let a retiring police officer do an adoption deal, but that kind of thing’s not going to happen with assault weapons and retired cops in California anytime soon.

Why? Because of this recent bit here from the AG’s office.

See?

I don’t know, I wouldn’t mind living in a neighborhood full of retired cops with unnecessary firepower. It’d be just like Switzerland where every house has some sort of gun, practically. And nobody messes with Switzerland.

And wouldn’t this scene with Clint Eastwood be more effective if he had some sort of World-War I-era machine gun in his hand?

No doubt.

D2 Update: Jerry Hearts Janet – Attorney General Jerry Brown Endorses Janet Reilly for District Two Supervisor

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I was thinking that there might be a Clinton or Obama in the mix at this point, but, no matter, District Two candidate Janet Reilly has just scored Yet Another Endorsement.

Check it:

“Dear Friends,

Wow! We just received some very exciting news!
 
Today, Jerry Brown – CA Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate – announced his endorsement of Janet Reilly for District 2 Supervisor of San Francisco. A native San Franciscan and former District 2 resident, Brown cited Reilly’s proven track record of effective leadership and ability to work as a consensus builder. With just over two weeks left until Election Day, Brown’s endorsement comes at a crucial time for both candidates who are vying to win their respective seats.

“District 2 has a history of electing serious, qualified candidates who watch the city budget and promote responsible public policies,” said Attorney General Brown in his endorsement of Reilly. “Janet is exactly type of leader the city needs at this pivotal time, and she is the only candidate in the race who can point to a long list of real achievements that have bettered the lives of San Franciscans in direct and tangible ways.”
 
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Attorney General Brown,” said Janet Reilly. “Jerry has been a steadfast public servant for 40 years as Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and as Mayor of Oakland. It is a thrill to have his support in my campaign for Supervisor. The city and state are both at a crossroads. We must use this opportunity to elect proven, experienced candidates like Jerry Brown if we’re to successfully confront the challenges we face.”
 
With only two weeks left, the finish line to Election Day is drawing near. To make it over successfully, we’re going to need you.

Please sign up to get involved. Walk with Janet; phonebank; or take a window sign.
 
We are so thankful to have your support – let’s finish strong!
 
Sincerely,
 
Patrick Collum
Campaign Manager
Janet Reilly for District 2 Supervisor”

Janet’s Endorsements webpage is running out of space:

Elected Officials

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton
  • San Francisco Democratic Party Chairman Aaron Peskin
  • U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • California State Senator Mark Leno
  • California State Senator Leland Yee
  • San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris
  • California Assembly Member Fiona Ma
  • California Assembly Member Tom Ammiano
  • California State Controller John Chiang
  • Former SF Supervisor and City Attorney Louise Renne
  • Art Agnos, former Mayor, San Francisco
  • Frank Jordan, former Mayor, San Francisco
  • David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Bevan Dufty, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Carmen Chu, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco
  • Jose Cisneros, Treasurer, San Francisco
  • Milton Marks, President, City College of SF Board of Trustees
  • Angela Alioto, Former President, SF Board of Supervisors
  • Leslie Katz, former Supervisor and SF Democratic Party Chair
  • Betty Yee, First District Member, State Board of Equalization

Organizations

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • San Francisco Firefighters, Local 798
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Teachers Union, United Educators of San Francisco
  • BOMA SF – Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • Laborers’ Union, Local 261
  • Teamsters Union, Local 350
  • Carpenters Union, Local 22
  • Professional & Technical Engineers IFPTE, Local 21
  • Engineers & Scientists of CA IFPTE, Local 20
  • SEIU, Local 87
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • The Sierra Club
  • City Democratic Club of San Francisco
  • San Francisco for Democracy
  • San Francisco Tomorrow
  • BWOPA – Black Women Organizing for Political Action
  • San Francisco Irish-American Democratic Club
  • The Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club
  • The Westside Chinese Democratic Club
  • Filipino American Democratic Club

“Northern California’s Top Asian Pacific Islander Leaders Back Jerry Brown for Governor”

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Read all about it, below.

But first, here’s the very latest, from this afternoon – it appears as if the Message of the Day is that Meg = Arnold.

“As Meg Whitman continues her Schwarzenegger-like bus tour of California’s fast food restaurants, Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford released the following statement:
 
“Meg Whitman likes to tell Californians that she doesn’t owe anyone anything, but she owes Governor Schwarzenegger more than she wants to admit.
 
Outsider who will blow up the boxes? We’ve heard that before. Running the state more like a business? Check. Bus tour? A familiar tune. Why does so much of the Whitman campaign feel like a rerun? Because it is.
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger entered California politics with a cadre of the most expensive Republican consultants he could find, and they fed him a divisive agenda that Californians rejected.  He had the good sense to send them packing.  They have now de-camped to Whitman’s headquarters where they are recycling their empty slogans and shrill accusations.  Incredibly, Meg Whitman has already spent more than $14 million on Schwarzenegger’s old crew.
 
Schwarzenegger’s top strategist Mike Murphy? On the Whitman bus for $90,000 a month. The Governor’s former political director, Jeff Randle, is on Whitman’s payroll for more than half a million dollars. Schwarzenegger veterans Rob Stutzman, Mitch Zak, John McLaughlin, Stuart Polk, and more than 30 other consultants jumped from Schwarzenegger to Meg Whitman. She even uses the same public speaking coach.
 
Governor Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman both say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. On that, we all agree.”

O.K. then. Now, here’s this morning’s presser:

After introductions from Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and Senator Leland Yee, up came Congressman “Big Mike” Honda as Board of Supervisors President David Chiu looked on: 

Jerry was on. (And actually, Jerry on a rare off day > Meg on her best day.) JB always has situational awareness, he’s always knows what’s going on.

This morning’s mise-en-scene in Japantown / Upper Fillmore, with, among others, youthful Mayor of Campbell, CA Evan Low, Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, and San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting:

And of course CBS5′s Joe Vazquez was on the scene to pepper Jerry with a question or two:

And look, it’s Joe “Shaky Hands” Garofoli on the scene with a Flip-cam to catch any possible Mayhill Fowler-style gaffes.  

There weren’t any today, so it looks like smooth sailing ’til November 2.

This will all be over soon…

“Given Brown’s record and commitment, Asian Pacific Islander leaders across California have endorsed his candidacy.  This includes Congressional members Mike Honda, Doris Matsui and Judy Chu, State Controller John Chiang, State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, Former Acting Lt. Governor Mona Pasquil, California Democratic Legislative Caucus members:  Senators Carol Liu and Leland Yee, Assembly Members: Mike Eng, Paul Fong, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Ted Lieu, Fiona Ma, Alberto Torrico and Mariko Yamada.
 
Jerry Brown is also supported by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Campbell Mayor Evan Low, Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong, Cupertino Vice Mayor Gilbert Wong, Union City Council Member Manny Fernandez, Colma City Council Member Joanne Del Rosario, Alhambra Unified School District Member Bob Gin, Philippine News President Francis Espiritu, CEO of Megatoys Charlie Woo, Former Deputy State Superintendent of Instruction Henry Der, Former Appointment Secretary Michael Yamaki, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe, Former Milpitas Mayor Henry Manayan, Former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto,  longtime API community leader Maeley Tom, Civil Rights attorney Dale Minami, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, Paul Osaki, Former US Civil Rights Attorney Yvonne Lee, and many other leaders.”

All the deets, after the jump.

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Fights ACLU, Catches Grim Sleeper with “Familial DNA”

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide ACLU attacking the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act. So he held a news conference today at the Ninth District United States Court of Appeals down at Seventh and Mission. Read about the presser here at the L.A. Weekly and read all about the law that California voters approved in 2004 right here.

O.K. then. For Jerry Brown, the time to swab your mouth to get DNA is when you get arrested for a felony, but the ACLU thinks that law enforcement should wait until you get convicted of a felony. That’s the focus of today’s oral arguments at the 9th Circuit.

Now, one of the recent successes of the state’s DNA program is the capture of the Grim Sleeper down in L.A. County. That’s an amazing story involving the use of “familial DNA,” an approach that’s illegal in some parts of the U.S. but A-OK here due to JB’s approval back in in aught-eight.  

Here’s what the ACLU has to say about that:

“If you are going to use familial DNA testing, this is probably the case for it,” says ACLU staff attorney Peter Bibring.”

I’d say so. But you can’t even attempt a shot at making a connection with familial DNA if you don’t have the DNA collected in the first place so that’s what today’s court fight is about.

Mark Sconce of the Surviving Parents Coalition with JB this AM.

Jerry was all pumped up today. Getting kind of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western look in his eyes these days. He’s an intense dude.

Will the long arm of the law (in the words the father of one of the victims of the Grim Sleeper) get shorter today?

Stay tuned…

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Dinging Gavin Newsom Over “Fire in His Belly”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Our feisty AG Jerry Brown has been dishing it out on KGO 810 AM lately – check for yourself at CapitolALERT for the latest

Here’s San Francsico Mayor Gavin Newsom on the Ron Owens show a few days back:

“Jerry Brown understands how to navigate, but I wonder if there’s fire in his belly. I don’t get a sense that there’s fire in his belly and we need someone with fire in his belly…”

And here’s Jerry’s response from yesterday:

He’s been giving a lot of advice to the president and now me, and I’m sure there’ll be others because when you don’t have a lot to do, you can start checking out what other people have been doing.”

(KGO appears to be a hotbed of belly-fire allegations. Here’s one from 2003 that didn’t pan out.)

Is Jerry anticipating a “$150 million assault” on his character from a famous Republican in the near future? Yes.

And does Jerry have a problem with you taking your car to Midas? No, owing to 22 of their California stores being under new management.

Listen to the all of the six, punchy minutes here.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Midas Auto Shop Franchisee Spanked Hard for Bait and Switch

Monday, January 25th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide car repair shop owners who rip you off for unnecessary work. News comes this morning about a judge in Alameda County who signed off on a: 

$1.8 million settlement that prevents Maurice Irving Glad (aka Mike Glad), owner of 22 Midas auto shops throughout California, from owning or operating an auto repair shop in the state, after the franchisee “deceptively lured” customers with cheap brake specials and then charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.”

Now what do you suppose Mike did with some of that ill-gotten booty? Well, he traveled the world, natch, but he also produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary (narrated by Edward James Olmos!) called Recycled Life. (So all those people in the East Bay and the South Bay who thought they were just fixing their cars actually were financing the Hollywood dream factory by paying an average of $268 more than they should have….)

Anyway, get the deets below to see how our California Bureau of Automotive Repair does sting operations. And get the other side of the story from Mike’s mouthpiece via Henry K. Lee right here.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

Read all about it, after the jump

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: State AGs Take On Abbott Labs for Blocking Generic Competition

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide big drug companies illegally blocking cheap generic substitutes from coming to market in a timely fashion. Check out the news just released by Press Secretary Christine Gasparac about Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and Groupe Fourner SA and how they impeded generic competition for the cholesterol-reducing drug Tricor.

All the deets are below and here’s a pdf of the $22.5 million settlement announced this morning.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown.

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California and 23 States Reach $25 Million Settlement Against Pharmaceutical Companies that Blocked Generic Drugs

Oakland-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and 23 other state attorneys general today announced a $22.5 million settlement with pharmaceutical giants Abbott and Fournier after the companies “illegally blocked” cheaper generic substitutes for the cholesterol-reducing drug Tricor.

The settlement is the result of one of the country’s first legal actions challenging pharmaceutical companies for “product hopping,” a strategy to block generic competition by making slight changes to the formulation of a drug.

“Abbott and Fournier devised a complex scheme that illegally blocked cheaper generic drugs from entering the market,” Brown said. “They used minor reformulations of the drug to delay competition and filed frivolous patent lawsuits. This scheme cost California and other states millions of dollars.”

Beginning in 1998, Abbott and Fournier, two of the nation’s largest pharamaceutical companies, partnered to manufacture and distribute Tricor, a cholesterol-reducing drug. Tricor’s annual sales were in excess of $750 million.

By 2002, as Tricor’s patents were set to expire, several drug companies sought approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a generic drug equivalent to Tricor. To be approved by the FDA, the generic-drug manufacturer must prove that its drug has the same active ingredients and the same labeling as the brand-name drug, in addition to being a therapeutic equivalent of the brand-name product.

Once a generic drug is approved for market, the market share for a brand-name drug like Tricor can decrease by up to 80 percent. Most states and group health plans require pharmacists to substitute the generic drug for a brand-name drug to get the cost benefit of the cheaper generic version.

Knowing generic manufacturers were attempting to enter the market, the lawsuit alleged that Abbott and Fournier devised a complex scheme to delay and prevent the approval and marketing of generic versions of Tricor. The companies made minor changes in the form and dosage strength of Tricor that did not provide any significant health benefits over previous Tricor formulations. These minor changes interfered with and delayed any FDA approval of the generics.

To further delay the process, Abbott and Fournier also filed more than a dozen lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers Teva Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories because the law prohibits the FDA from approving a generic drug for 30 months after patent-infringement lawsuits have been filed. After the 30-month automatic stays expired, all of the suits were eventually dismissed.

As a result of the scheme, Abbott and Fournier recorded Tricor sales exceeding $1 billion at the expense of consumers and state governments.

Today’s settlement agreement requires the companies to cease illegal efforts to block generic competition to Tricor and to pay the states approximately $22.5 million dollars. In California, the Department of General Services, Medi-Cal and the Department of Corrections will be reimbursed for overcharges.

States joining California in today’s lawsuit include: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia.